Instructor: Dante DiIanni
Mondays & Thursdays (10 evenings over 5 weeks) starting September 9 until October 10
A $100.00 deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Deposit is refundable until 30 days before the class.
Veneer is an excellent medium sandwiched between two opposing reputations of being both cheap and incredibly difficult. It gets its bad name for being a cheap alternative to solid wood thanks to a plague of poorly crafted, assembly-line factory furniture from the 70s, while those who have dabbled in veneering often believe that good veneer work requires tremendous skill. The reality is that much of the finest furniture produced throughout history has been veneered, and that, like anything else, veneering requires a little knowledge, sharp tools, and practice.
In modern times, the very best trees are made into veneer. Burls, stumps, crotches, exotics, and highly figured woods are readily available that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive as solid wood . Learning to utilize veneer will open up a huge variety of options in design that would be difficult if not impossible to do in solid wood.
About the class:
The class starts with sharpening a veneer saw which is key to fine veneer work and an excellent way to begin hand saw sharpening. Each student will practice cutting and taping while assembling a variety of matching examples up to and including four way matches. Next we move on to the classic chess board with inlay banding and border. At this point we are ready for geometric shapes that create various parquetry patterns that can be set into a veneer background. Students are encouraged to experiment and be creative with their own project while practicing between classes. This class prepares you for our other veneering classes, Advanced Veneering, Marquetry and Working in a Vacuum.
Sharpen veneer saw
Cutting and taping
Students will need a few inexpensive tools and supplies to work veneer.
Everything you will need to practice at home will be available in our Veneering Student Starter Kit $120
- 2 fences
- One 3×5 cutting board
- Veneer saw
- Veneer saw file
- Brass brush
- Masking tape
- Veneer tape
- Sponge and cup
- Hobby knife w/#11 blades
- Veneer packet